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Research: 25 percent of broadband homes find energy monitoring appealing

February 5, 2015 12:21 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

According to recent research by Parks Associates, 25 percent of the broadband households across the nation find an energy monitoring service “very appealing.” In more good news for cable operators that offer home automation services, 22 percent were interested in an appliance monitoring service while 26 percent found an HVAC monitoring service very appealing.

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Samsung launches Tizen-powered TVs in home market

February 5, 2015 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. has started domestic sales of high-end televisions powered by its Tizen operating system and plans to add washing machines, fridges and other appliances to the range of products that use the software. Samsung said sales of Tizen-powered ultra-HD TVs began Thursday in South Korea. 

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Netflix heads to Japan

February 5, 2015 12:13 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Netflix is expanding into Japan this fall, marking the first time that the Internet video service will be available in Asia. The move announced late Wednesday marks another step toward reaching Netflix's goal to stream video on Internet-connected TVs, phones, tablets and computer throughout the world.

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Pace promotes Gureck to CSO

February 4, 2015 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Gureck will be responsible for research and development, merger and acquisition activity, concentration on market value and trends, continued development of strategic partnerships, and diversifying the company’s lines of business, the company said.

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AT&T, GE testing industrial IoT apps

February 4, 2015 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

AT&T and GE said they have collaborated on the development of a smart meter system and a smart lighting solution. The two said the smart meter system is now being tested by customers. The two expect to commercialize the solutions later this year.

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Sckipio hits 500 Mbps in G.fast lab trials

February 4, 2015 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Sckipio Technologies said it has successfully trialed G.fast at speeds greater than 500 Mbps for 200 meters, which doubled the official ITU targets for the G.fast standard. Israel-based Sckipio achieved more than 200 Mbps at 400 meters, which also doubled the target distance for the given rate. 

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Report: Service provider router market to top $11.5 billon in 2019

February 4, 2015 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

According to a recently published report by Dell’Oro Group, the global service provider market is projected to top $11.5 billion in four years. The service provider market includes core and edge routers while the report also examined the enterprise router market.

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It's official: the FCC intends to reclassify broadband

February 4, 2015 12:49 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

In order to enforce network neutrality, the FCC will propose reclassifying broadband under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler plans to raise network neutrality principles from general tenets to explicit rules, and he intends to include mobile broadband for the first time.

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Sony trims full-year loss forecast to $1.4 billion

February 4, 2015 12:44 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Sony Corp. trimmed its forecast of losses and gave a figure for damages from the Sony Pictures hack, but said it would suffer no significant harm from the cyberattack in the long run. The entertainment and electronics giant delayed the announcement of its earnings for the October-December quarter because the hack affected its ability to compile its complete results in time.

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Cable's power challenge: cut consumption or pay out the nose

February 3, 2015 2:20 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The cable expects its industry-wide $1 billion energy bill to quadruple soon. The SCTE's Energy 2020 project has calculated that between 73 percent and 83 percent of cable’s overall energy consumption is by hubs and headends, and it's determined to reduce that figure.

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Suddenlink adds Rodriguez's El Rey channel

February 3, 2015 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Suddenlink has added the El Rey Network in some of its markets. El Rey Network is an English-language general entertainment channel founded by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and features “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” and the Lucha Libre wrestling series “Lucha Underground.”

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Time Warner Cable boots up Denver data center

February 3, 2015 1:11 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Time Warner Cable flipped the “on” switch to its $85 million National Data Center West facility near Denver over the weekend. Time Warner Cable first broke ground on expanding the national data center, which is located in the Denver suburb of Centennial, in June, 2013. 

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GCI closes deal to buy Alaska Communications’ wireless assets

February 3, 2015 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

General Communications, Inc. (GCI) has wrapped up its $300 million deal for Alaska Communication’s wireless business. The deal, which was announced in December, included Alaska Communications' wireless subscriber base and its 33 percent interest in a partnership between the companies known as The Alaska Wireless Network LLC

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DLNA certifies first wave of trick mode products

February 3, 2015 1:00 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The Digital Living Network Alliance (DSLNA) has certified the first wave of products from its members that support its trick mode specifications. The trick mode video specs, which include the support of fast-forward, re-wind and frame-by-frame function, are a mandatory feature of DLNA’s interoperability guidelines.

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Today in Engineering History: 1st Use of a Rocket to Deliver Mail

February 2, 2015 1:37 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

In 1931, an Austrian rocket designer launched a rocket from Schöckl, Austria, containing 102 letters. Friedrich Schmiedl operated the rocket by remote control, and it landed by parachute at Radegund, a small village about three kilometers away. This date is regarded by many as the beginning of rocket mail delivery.  

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